I don’t think I have posted about the Food Babe yet on my blog and I’m super surprised by that because I’ve been following her for a while. Vani Hari a.k.a. the Food Babe is known for her criticism of the food industry. She brings awareness to chemicals and various additives companies put in their food and starts campaigns to force those companies to removed them from her products. She’s been successful with Panera Bread, Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, Kraft, and General Mills.

I love how fierce she is and that someone is standing up to these companies AND that she is bringing awareness to us as consumers about what these additives are.

Wouldn’t you agree that we have a right to know what is in our food?

Her most recent post I wanted to share with you is on the additive: TBHQ

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(photo by: foodbabe.com) 

Research states TBHQ (tert-butylhydroquinone) causes abnormal reactions in the immune system which can trigger food allergies. In the article on this additive Vani explains how TBHQ negatively affects T-cells in the body which are needed to fight infection, thus leading to food allergies.


The following passage is from the article.

“Food companies are allowed to determine whether or not they will put TBHQ on the label, based on a little loophole in our food labeling regulations. If they decide that TBHQ meets the labeling definition of an “incidental additive” then they can just leave it off the ingredient list. Additives are considered incidental if they don’t serve a function in the finished product and are used in insignificant levels (the FDA doesn’t define what “insignificant” means, so that’s anyone’s guess).”

“In other words, if TBHQ is used to preserve oil that is an ingredient in cookies, but the amount is considered insignificant and is not preserving the final product (the cookies), it doesn’t need to be listed on the cookie label. Since TBHQ is often used to preserve fats and oils it can be exempt from mandatory labeling as an incidental ingredient in products like crackers, tortillas, and chips.”

Are you freaking kidding me!!!

We should have every right to know what is in our food and make a judgement call on whether or not we want to ingest the ingredients found in those products. UGH!


Below are some of the most common products TBHQ is found in:

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(photo by: foodbabe.com) 

Is the FDA really doing all that they can to protect our health?

Synthetic food additives also are not subject to independent 3rd party testing before they are added to our food – the food and chemical companies are allowed to determine the safety for new additives and the FDA isn’t even aware that some of them exist! The system is so broken it’s almost hard to believe.”


Check out the full article here:



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